Oregon officials shut down schools to stop the spread of COVID-19, a respiratory virus commonly called coronovirus.

State health officials urge, “good hand hygiene, covering coughs and staying home if you are sick”. According to the CDC, symptoms can include fever, a cough, and shortness of breath. These symptoms emerge two to 14 days after exposure.

Diagnosis is difficult because the symptoms overlap with other common ailments, health officials say. The cough is usually a dry cough, and a runny nose and sneezing aren’t commonly associated with COVID-19.

Over 400 Oregon doctors are asking State officials for more action and equipment in response to the outbreak. And Gov. Kate Brown is also asking the federal government for more supplies and testing capacity.

If you’re going out, take care, and it’s probably best to double-check if an event is even being held.


There’s a good Facebook conversation at the I Love Lents group (you have to be a member of the group to visit it) about a federal proposal that could evict many people in East / Southeast Portland from flood zones. Here’s an article that’s not behind the New York Times paywall.

Indiana Environmental Reporter reports: Trump administration pressures coastal communities to evict homeowners from flood-prone areas



Grotto’s free weekend:

The Upper Garden at The Grotto is free through Sunday, March 15th.

“In this spirit of hope, everyone is invited to visit our Upper Gardens at no charge through Sunday, March 15, so that you might have a place to reflect, to pray, and to find comfort and hope.”

– Fr. Don Siple, OSM, Rector of The Grotto

The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St * 9 am – 5:30 pm * free


Live music:

Music in Montavilla with Kate Morrison & Dave Captein. They call it a “indie pop/jazz-based trio”, but if you’re curious— just watch to the video.

Vino Veritas, 7835 SE Stark St * 7 pm – 10 pm * free


Sunday market:

Montavilla Farmers Market‘s Winter Market is on Sunday.

7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.